This is definitely not something to make a habit of though, one day the consequences might be a little more than you bargained for. Act fast. Emergency contraception can be used up to 72 hours after unprotected sex but it is proven to be most effective within the first 12 hours. Speak to your healthcare provider, they are there to help. You should not see emergency contraception as a regular contraceptive or use it like one.
From getting tested for STDs to taking a pregnancy test, the good news is that the next steps are very clear. Read below for a timeline of the steps you should take following unprotected sex. While it varies woman to woman, it can take as many as three days for the sperm to reach the egg for fertilization. This means that pregnancy does not always occur immediately after sex. Get tested for STDs.
So you had unprotected sex. Maybe you forgot about the whole condom thing in the heat of the moment, or maybe the condom slipped or broke. These things happen, and they can be scary AF. You might be worried about pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection STI or both.
While not a planned scenario, we understand that unprotected sex happens — you missed a birth control pill, your regular method of birth control failed, or you had sex without a condom or barrier protection you can still get pregnant with the pull out method. Speak with your primary care provider and they will be happy to help you receive emergency contraception that will significantly reduce your risk of becoming pregnant. Read on to learn more about your options for emergency contraception.